What are your top 5 television characters
Allow me to begin.
5. Peter Griffin
: (Family Guy
) This is one of the funniest shows ever on television that is carried
by some tremendous writing for the show. The "star" of the show and main character is Peter Griffin. The Homer Simpson's of television certainly
paved the way for a charachter like this, but Peter Griffin takes that limit and only pushes it further.
4. Will Smith:
(Fresh Prince of Bel Air
) This is one I was torn on and hesitant
to place on my list. But I do so and here is why. This wasn't the very first show to display a black family as one of wealth and power, but I do
believe it was one of the first to display it and deal with the issue of race relations. There are several episodes throughout this series,
especially in the early seasons, that dealt with these issues and done so in a way that the viewer may have not even been aware. A few years ago I
bought the first season of this show on DVD and I was really taken back with some of the serious issues that it dealt with. This really was a great
show that had great success on the shoulders of Will Smith. And a combination of great laughs, great story lines and dealing with real issues in a
classy manner, I give Smith the nod on this list.
3. Cosmo Kramer
) Any explanation required? This show has been running
in syndication since it left the air and will stand the test of time, unlike most television shows. Even those that never watched an episode of
Seinfeld, most will know the character of Kramer. From his ability to charm the women or his inability to restrain
himself, few characters on
television brought more laughs to the viewer than this one.
2. Frank Barone
: (Everybody Loves Raymond
) played by the late Peter Boyle, this is one of those
rare shows that the charachters stayed true to themselves through the duration of the series. They didn't have to change gears midway through in
order to keep the audience interested. Frank Barone was the father of Raymond in the show and was the typical "father" and "grand father" type
character of his generation. Again, a character like Archie Bunker certainly paved the way and might be even more deserving of a spot on my list, but
given that show was before my time, I give the nod here to Frank Barone, aka Peter Boyle.
1. George Costanza:
) at one time, I would have listed George as my most
hated character on television. But the more and more I watched episodes of Seinfeld, the more I began to appreciate the individual and what was
brought to the show. I really believe that you could have pulled any of the other 3 main characters out of the show and at least attempted to move
forward. But without George, the show really falls on it's face in my opinion. Now the kicker in that statement is that the show is named after
Jerry, so that would naturally present an issue. But you get what I'm saying I'm sure.
"She was like 'Georgee! Why??', and I was like 'because it's there!
Joey Tribbiani (Friends), Zack Morris (Saved by the Bell), Stewie Griffin (Family Guy), Lenny Biscoe (Law & Order), Jack
McCoy (Law & Order)
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[edit on 5-6-2009 by Gazrok]